Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists

Blended in theory and practical training, Rider’s bachelor of science (B.S.) and bachelor of arts (B.A.) biology programs take an extensive look at the science behind living organisms. More biochemists and biophysicists will be needed to use the knowledge they have gained from basic research to develop biological products and processes that improve people’s lives.

Admission Requirements

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How to apply

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Major Requirements

Rider’s B.A. and B.S. biology degree options cover coursework in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics which are designed to provide knowledge and the development of technical and analytical skills needed to pursue a life of learning and practicing science.

The B.S. program consists of 62-63 credits in the major. The B.A. program consists of 52 credits in the major and is designed for students who may desire a biology degree, but do not have a full eight semesters to commit to the program.  Such students may be those enrolled in the College of Education and Human Services, transfer students or students choosing a second major.

Experiences to Prepare You

Rider Biology students learn science by doing science. You’ll find them learning in internships with one of our partnering health care professionals or by working side-by-side with our Ph.D. level faculty as mentors in the classroom and colleagues in the lab and the field. 

O Aung
Rider's small class sizes provided me with an opportunity to do research early in my college journey with my mentor, Dr. Todd Weber. As a result, I was able to design multiple independent research projects, present at conferences, and publish my work."
O Aung
Class of 2021

Where You'll Find Rider Graduates

Rider’s B.A. and B.S. biology programs can lead directly to some scientific careers and provide an excellent framework to pursue advanced studies in allied health, dentistry, medicine, life sciences or science education.

Common Graduate Universities

  • Florida Atlantic University
  • NYU Institute for Systems Genetics
  • University of Michigan
  • Midwestern University
  • NYU
  • NYIT
  • TJU College of Biomedical Sciences

Career Opportunities

Careers you could pursue with a degree in biology are listed below. Click on the corresponding links to watch professionals in the field share their personal career experience and advice.

Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

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How to Apply

View requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

Transferring to Rider

Interested in transferring to Rider for biology, behavioral neuroscience or health sciences?

Visit the Community College Agreements page to see the community colleges Rider partners with and the courses that transfer for each major.


Biology (B.S./B.A.)

Paul Jivoff

Professor and Chairperson

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pjivoff [at]


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